Hospice adds vigil volunteer service
OREGON – The possibility of someone being alone at the end of their life is more likely in today’s society because so many families are spread out. The dying person may have very few, if any, relatives living in the area. However, with hospice volunteers and death vigil programs, no individual has to die alone.
A vigil is a time of “watching over” another. These hospice volunteers spend time at the bedside of those who appear to have only a day or two to live. The guiding philosophy of hospice is caring for people with dignity and respect as they approach the end of their lives. The vigil program extends the mission by providing a presence during the actual moment of transition from life to death.
A vigil volunteer does not give hands-on care, but they do offer comfort, support and companionship. They bring the gift of a calming, peaceful presence to individuals who are dying. The volunteers will tailor their approach to fit the situation using one or more of the following: listening and talking, shared silence, reassuring touch or reading of inspirational text or scripture.
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